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Hemerocallis, better known as Day lillies, are stunning summer border plants that are tolerant of different soil types. They thrive in full sun which encourages flowering over four to six weeks.
Hemerocallis do however need attention while growing. Firstly they need to be staked as soon as new growth appears. Then dead-headed regulary because each flower only lasts for a day. After flowering cut stems to ground level. Most hemerocallis should be hardy but mulch in the winter just to be safe. Hemerocallis also need to divided and replanted every two to three years to prevent the plants from becoming congested.
These flowers are also incredibly attractive to pollinators. Suitable companion plants for yellow day lillies plant with hardy blue cranesbill geraniums or erygium, while red day-lillies , that flower in August, go well with crocosmia, purple fennel and sunflowers.
Hemerocallis 'Corky' £4.50
(9cm pot available now - 2 plants)
Deep yellow flowers streaked chestnut brown on the outside. Small dainty plant. Old variety. Flowers from June to August. Plant in partial shade or full sun in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Grows to 60cm tall with a spread of 50cm. Mulch in winter to protect from frosts. Semi-hardy.
Hemerocallis 'Light the Way' £5.00
(9cm pot coming soon)
Large, wide-open flowers, in a very pale greenish-cream, with a green throat. Flowers between June to August. Neat, clump-forming plant with dark green leaves. Full sun in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Tolerates clay soil. Grows to 75cm tall with a spread of 60cm. Semi-evergreen. Protect from frosts by mulching. Semi-hardy.